Welcome! Or welcome back! Welcome back to returning members of the IU Retirees Association. We hope your summer was glorious. As another academic year begins, we look forward to your “re-upping.”
And welcome to prospective members. This issue of Newswatch is being mailed to newly retired faculty and staff. We invite you to join us. Dues are modest ($10 for individuals, $15 for couples), and our meetings offer an opportunity to exchange ideas, information, and friendship.
The Retirees Association provides a voice for retirees in their continuing relationship with Indiana University. Please return the enclosed form, together with your membership contribution.
A Nobel Prize behind the scenes:
September to feature Elinor Ostrom Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in economic sciences, will be the speaker at the fall luncheon on Wed., Sept. 14. The doors upstairs will open at 11:45 a.m. at Terry’s Banquets & Catering, 3124 Canterbury Drive, off of W. Arlington Road. Lunch will be served at noon.
“Lin Ostrom will give us a behind-the-scenes look at what’s involved in the bestowal of the Nobel Prize, the pomp and ceremony,” says IURA President Iris Kiesling. “What’s it like to dine with royalty? And how does receiving the Nobel Prize change your every day? She’ll give us a first-hand account of life after the Nobel Prize.”
Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and senior research director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at IU Bloomington. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009 for her work on economic governance, particularly the evolution of institutions for collective action.
“Diners can choose between chicken or mushroom divan crepes, served with a medley of roasted root vegetables,” said Eileen Schellhammer, who arranged the menu for us. “Everyone will receive a green salad with Italian or ranch dressing, rolls with butter, coffee or iced tea, and a brownie with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce.” The cost is $16 per meal. Please return the enclosed reservation form before Sept. 8.
IURA board members to be elected At the Sept. 14 meeting, retirees will elect four new members to the board. IURA President Iris Kiesling will present the following slate: for a two-year term (2011-2013), Shirley Pugh, and, for three-year (2011-2014) terms, Dick McKaig, Harriet Pfister, and Jim Schellhammer. Nominations from the floor will be accepted, so long as the consent of the person being nominated has first been obtained.
Shirley Pugh is retired from the MCCSC. She is the widow of Richard Pugh, who was associate executive dean in the School of Education. (Note that the IURA is open to surviving spouses and partners of IU retirees.) Dick McKaig retired last year after 38 years at IU. The last 18 years he served as dean of students and a professor of education. For many years Harriet Pfister was assistant to the chairman in the Department of Economics and was treasurer of the Annuitants Association, the predecessor of the IURA. Jim Schellhammer retired after 30 years as an academic counselor in the School of Continuing Studies.
Continuing on the board are Dick Dever, Jim Kennedy (past president), and Vince Mabert, in the final year of their 2009-2012 term, and Wayne Craig and Iris Kiesling (2010-2013). Rosemary andDick Dever represented IU earlier this month at the Big Ten Retirees Association meeting in Madison, Wis. The bylaws state that board members are elected in April, but this year’s election was delayed. The board elects its own officers.
“On behalf of all retirees, I want to thank the hard-working team whose three-year terms expired in May,” Iris said. “Doris Burton has been a stalwart treasurer and also chaired the Big Ten Retirees Association meeting in Bloomington last year. John Harrell headed our hospitality committee, greeting us at every meeting, and Eileen Schellhammer did an outstanding job planning and arranging our programs. Past president Sandy Churchill has continued to work tirelessly for this organization to fulfill and expand its mission. Thanks to all.”
Iris also recognized Bob Dodd, our longtime historian; Gerald Marker, database manager and directory publisher since 2007; Suzann
Owen, who maintains the website; and Judy Schroeder, who edits Newswatch.
Mark your calendar now Save the dates for future meetings by putting them on your calendar:
Oct. 12, Julie Cromer, senior associate athletics director — Competing with Integrity: Following NCAA Rules
Nov. 9, Jon Vickers, director of IU Cinema — Building IU’s national reputation as a place for film.
Both meetings will be at 2 p.m. in the Peterson Room, Showalter House, IU Foundation.
On Dec. 14 the holiday luncheon will be at noon at Terry’s. Program committee members are Wayne Craig and Dick and Maribeth McKaig. Look for information on 2012 meetings in a future newsletter.
May offers fine food, rollicking tunes The grand finale of the 2010-2011 academic year was grand indeed. Nearly a hundred people crowded into the Peterson Room at the IU Foundation for the annual potluck dinner of the IU Retirees Association. No cook had to carry home leftovers because eager eaters polished off an array of delectables. In fact, people wondered aloud whether membership in the association is restricted to only superior chefs.
Wayne Craig introduced members of the Quarryland Men’s Chorus, a performance group for gay and bisexual men and their allies. Under the direction of Barry Magee, assistant director of diversity education at IUB, they performed a rollicking collection of tunes from lesser known musicals. Rex Hinkle led a singalong of “Consider Yourself,” from Oliver. Eric Metzler and Tim King were a hit with their rendition of “Plant a Radish,” from The Fantasticks. Its lyrics remind us that parenting is less reliable than gardening: “Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt: That’s why I love vegetables — you know what you’re about,” “While with children, it’s bewilderin’,” “As soon as you think you know what kind you’ve got, it’s what they’re not.”
The group, accompanied by Wendy Elliot,dedicated “Come with Me,” from Rodgers and Hart’s 1938 Boys from Syracuse, to Jim Kennedy, retiring IURA president and Monroe County sheriff: “Come with me where the food is free, Where the landlord never comes near you … come with me to jail.”
Gentle laughter accompanied the performance of “What Makes Me Love Him?” from Bock and Harnick’s 1966 musical The Apple Tree: “It’s not his singing. It sours the milk. It’s not his learning. Though he really knows a multitude of things, they’re mostly wrong.” Other numbers included “What More Can I Say?” from Falsettoland (1990) and the haunting “In Whatever Time We Have,” from the little-known Children of Eden (1986): “Though the world could end tomorrow, you and I will be together in whatever time we have.”
Back in the saddle again After three years editing Newswatch (2007-2010), I thought it was time for readers to hear a different voice. When I stepped aside last year, I was sure someone would leap at the opportunity to write the newsletter. No one did. That responsibility devolved by default upon Gerald Marker, who has managed the printing, addressing, and mailing of the newsletter for the last four years. My concern for Gerald led me to agree to edit Newswatch again this year.
The question I have been asked most often is: “Will you resume obituaries?” In 2008 I added an “In memoriam” section to the newsletter, memorializing deceased members twice a year, in the April and August issues. Readers apparently appreciated the feature.
Because I did not collect information during my year off, the following list may be incomplete. I apologize for any inadvertent omissions. Space limitations decree that only people who belonged to the association at the time of their death are included. The next “In memoriam” is scheduled to appear in the April 2012 newsletter.
If you have newsletter suggestions, please let me know (jschroed@indiana,edu, 812-332-5057).
Judy Schroeder, Editor In memoriam
Bernard Clayton Jr. died March 28, 2011, in Bloomington. He was 94. After attending IU, he joined the Indianapolis News. He was a war correspondent in the Pacific during WW II and was aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay for the surrender of the Japanese. After the war, he was director of public relations for Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco. He returned to IU in 1966 to direct the News Bureau. He retired in 1980 to devote full time to travel and writing about food. The author of several award-winning cookbooks, he was inducted in 2001 into the Bread Bakers Guild of America’s Hall of Fame. In 1997, Indiana University honored Clayton with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. His wife, Marjorie, survives.
James W. Crowe died April 21, 2010, in Bloomington. He was 75. Witha director’s degree in health and safety and a doctorate from IU, he joined the HPER faculty in 1966 to teach health and safety education. He received the IU Distinguished Teaching Award. A past president of the School and Community Safety Society of America, he received its C.P. Yost Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award. He traveled to China, Thailand, Japan, Egypt, Greece, and Iran to give presentations. He chaired the department of applied health science from 1992 to 1999. His wife, Barbara, survives.
Juanita Jenkins Gibson died July 12, 2010, in Morgantown, Ind. She was 86. During World War II, she was an accountant for the Fourth Service Command of the U.S. Military. She married Robert L. Gibson in 1946, and they moved to Bloomington in 1965 when he became a professor in the School of Education. She enjoyed duplicate bridge, winning her Life’s Masters Award in 1992. She was a gardener and an avid bird watcher. Her husband survives.
Richard L. Pfister died June 10, 2010, in Bloomington. He was 86. A gifted athlete, he was recruited by “Phog” Allen to play basketball at the University of Kansas but decided to concentrate on his academic career instead. After receiving his Ph.D. in economics at MIT, he taught at Dartmouth College before coming to IU’s business school in 1967. His work focused on practical problems faced by urban and regional economies and businesses, and he helped develop an econometric model for the economy of the State of Indiana. In retirement he enjoyed travel, and he skied until a month shy of his 80th birthday. His wife, Harriet, survives.
Roberta Weingart Rezits died Oct. 14, 2010, in Bloomington. She was 77. A talented cellist, she played in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra while in high school. She met her husband, Joseph, when both were studying music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. They moved to Bloomington in 1962, when he joined the School of Music faculty. Roberta taught cello and string bass at St. Charles School, where she also worked with the orchestra. She taught privately and worked part time at IU. She and her husband retired in the early 1990s to devote themselves to traveling, primarily for professional engagements. Her husband, Joe, survives.
John W. Ryan died in Bloomington on Aug. 6, 2011. He was 81. Earning both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at IU, he was vice president of academic affairs at Arizona State University before becoming founding chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He returned to IU in 1968 as vice president for regional campuses. In 1971 he became IU’s 14th president. He was the first chairman of the NCAA’s Presidents Commission and served for nine years on the PBS board of governors. After retiring from IU in 1987, he was interim president of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Maryland Baltimore. He spent two years in Washington, D.C., with the Agency for International Development. He served as chancellor of the State University of New York Systems until 1999. Thirteen universities, including IU, awarded him honorary degrees. His wife, Pat, survives.
Sarah “Sally” Thorelli died in Bloomington on Sept. 27, 2010. She was 87. She served with the Chemical Warfare Service during World War II. She earned her doctorate at the University of Stockholm. She came to Bloomington with her husband, Hans, in 1964, when he joined the business school. He died in 2009. She was a freelance researcher and scholar, interested in economic policy and in organizational theory and practice. She co-authored two books and consulted with the Federal Trade Commission and the National Science Foundation. She participated in field surveys of consumer groups and business organizations all over the world. For 20 years Sally ran the family farm north of Bloomington.
Natalie Frank Wrubel died Nov. 5, 2010, in Bloomington. She was 85. She came to Bloomington in 1950 when her husband, Marshal, joined the astronomy department at IU. She joined the League of Women Voters in 1952, and until her death she spearheaded many of its activities, including researching and compiling each year the Monroe County Governmental Officials List. When her husband died in 1968, Natalie joined the IU Press as science and music editor. She became managing editor in 1975 and retired in 1996. She was an active volunteer at Bloomington Hospital. A lover of classical music, she was a tenor with the Bloomington Chamber Singers for many years. An avid traveler, she took trips to see solar eclipses all over the world. She also audited many classes at IU, primarily in art history.
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